USC in the News

USC In the News 10/25/2017

CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KCBS-TV featured Larissa Rodriguez and Mariana Stern of the Keck School of Medicine's Norris Cancer Center and their work to send much-needed medical supplies to Puerto Rico following damage by Hurricane Maria. The USC Norris Cancer Center is sending supplies and drugs to help cancer patients and to help reduce the spread of contagious diseases on the island. La Opinion also featured the gift of supplies.

The Guardian featured the discovery of a newly identified Cretaceous period bird by Michael Habib of the Keck School of Medicine of USC and Luis Chiappe of the USC Dornsife College and colleagues. Remains of the bird, called Junornis huoi, were unearthed in China and represent the earliest known example of a bird that was capable of bounding flight, a style similar to that used by a sparrow. “(W)e did not expect to find evidence of such a complex flight pattern in such an early bird, so this find is very exciting,” said Habib.

Reader's Digest featured research by Matt Sachs of the USC Dornsife College's Brain and Creativity Institute on the structures of the brain that enable some people to experience a physical reaction to music. People who get goosebumps or chills from listening to music were shown to have a greater number of fibers in their auditory cortex than those who do not experience those responses.

Express (UK) featured research by Cheng-Ming Chuong of the Keck School of Medicine of USC and colleagues using stem cells to encourage skin cells to sustain hair follicles, which they believe is a key step to finding a cure for baldness. “With our new findings, we are able to make adult mouse cells produce hair again. In the future, this work can inspire a strategy for stimulating hair growth in patients with conditions ranging from alopecia to baldness," said Chuong.

Los Angeles Times quoted David Carter of the USC Sports Business Institute on changes to the ways that second-hand tickets are sold for major sporting events.

The Chronicle of Social Change quoted Peggy Stewart of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School on challenges facing extended family members who may try to take custody of children who could otherwise wind up in foster homes.

Los Angeles Times mentioned that the USC School of Cinematic Arts is participating in a retrospective of the work of Japanese writer-director Hirokazu Kore-eda.

Los Angeles Times mentioned that the USC Viterbi School recently revamped a robotics lab to focus on autonomous systems research.

Harvard Business Review published an op-ed by Dana Goldman of the USC Schaeffer Center and colleagues on ways health providers can end the overprescription of opioid drugs.

Metro mentioned a quote by Rob McConnell of the Keck School of Medicine of USC on the lack of long-term studies on the health impacts of vaping.

Fox and Hounds published an op-ed by Sherry Bebitch Jeffe of the USC Price School and Doug Jeffe on the recent California Republican Party convention held in Anaheim and keynoted by Stephen Bannon.